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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed: (1) the potential impact of efforts to comply with the Kyoto Protocol; (2) whether the administration has an overall goal for stage 1 and a plan for accomplishing that goal; (2) if funded, to what extent will the $6.3-billion stage 1 climate change proposal help the United States meet the protocol's emissions target; and (3) what the current implications are for the United States if the Senate ratifies the protocol, given the current status of the administration's efforts to implement the climate change proposal.

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